By MarcusSamuelsson.com Editors
At Olympic High in Santa Monica, chef Ray Garcia gardens with teens, teaching them about the farm-to-table movement and the value of fresh food. In Mary MacVean’s article “Students get hands-on lesson in nutrition,” MacVean describes how Garcia is making an impact in students’ lives.
Serving at-risk students and those who need more credits, Olympia offers its gardening program through a 13-year-old program. Many students “feared food. Not only are they disconnected from it, they fear it,” Garcia noted. After growing heirloom tomatoes, lettuce, and eggplant, Garcia cooked dinner for seven students at his restaurant Fig in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. As a role model and teacher, Garcia helps these students develop a healthy relationship with food.
Chefs like Ray Garcia who work to improve their communities are inspiring. Read more about Garcia’s work here.